Jaen City - Fascinating Fact 4

Liquid gold, olive oil from Andalucia. © Michelle Chaplow
Liquid gold, olive oil from Andalucia.


Jaén province has more olive trees than any other province in Spain, 40 million in fact - not surprising since its economy is based on olive oil. Liquid gold, as the locals call it, appears in all aspects of Jaén´s gastronomy, from tortas de matalahúva (aniseed cakes), ochíos (olive oil and aniseed bread rolls) and Christmas sweets, to nachas de Jaen, the local version of migas (breadcrumbs fried in olive oil); and pipirrana, a gazpacho-type salad of tomato and green pepper, onion and fish, with a dressing based on, you've guessed it, olive oil.



  • Fact 1 - For centuries Jaen was a battleground in the power struggles between Christian kings and Moorish rulers.
  • Fact 2 - Enjoy bird´s-eye views - in the city´s mountain-top castle.
  • Fact 3 - See Jesus´ face in Jaen´s version of the Turin Shroud.
  • Fact 4 - Taste "liquid gold" in the world capital of olive oil.
  • Fact 5 - Visit the largest surviving Arab baths in Spain.
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